Cuculiformes Order – Cuculidae Family
Af striped cuckoo ©muoki kioko2016
When you google levaillants cuckoo you will most likely come across a southern Africa record! and most likely an October to December sighting. Thats because this bird species is an intra African species ie a bird that migrates between the tropics of Africa breeding in the last quarter of the year in Southern Africa.
Thats what makes this bird an interesting bird to view in Kilome in East Africa. Though never officially recorded in kilome before (in my understanding), the above image taken in late October 2016 confirms that it is indeed found in Kilome during breeding season (begging the question- does it breed here?)
Alternatively referred to as ‘African striped cuckoo’ or the ‘crested striped cuckoo’ it loves wooded areas as above where you will most likely see it only when its crossing a river or road.
Why are cuckoos interesting to watch?
Cuckoos are a beautifull family of birds that dont raise their children (“irresponsible parents” you may say). Their children are raised by other birds. They lay their eggs in another birds nest and move on.
levaillants cuckoo on ground in Kilome ©muoki kioko 2016
The above image was taken in the savanna grasslands of Kilome, specifically Konza plains and at the same time feeding on the ground during the dry season. Showing that though many descriptions say that it is a bird of riverine woodlands and forested areas – it does occur in open grasslands too in kilome and at other times of the year as well as differing altitudes ie this is almost 800meters below where the one in 1st image was photographed.
You are welcome to bird in Kilome by booking a local Guide here. Kilome is just 80kms from the International Airport as we explore the diverse flora and fauna here.
1) kilima kiu manor (http://kilimakiumanor.com) – Boutique accomodation
2) ACK Guest house & Savanna hotel- 2-3 Star accomodation (2 -3 star accomodation)
3) Nedland inn, kathongole inn… – Budget accomodation
4) Home stays – Cultural visit accomodations
5) Camping – Coutersy kilome Guides